Hey guys, you might be thinking why the title of this post is in fact a date, especially a date set in the not-so-distant-past. The true story is that I first published this post about a year ago, more a less around the time of the first Muslim Women’s Day. I remember I couldn’t quite believe that a date in the calendar (27th March) had been set aside to celebrate Muslim women and their achievements (Happy Days!!!). However for some reason unbeknownst to me, my original post (27.03.17) disappeared from my blog and ended up in my drafts. I don’t quite know why this happened- but I was thinking that maybe somebody reported it and that it had to be taken down. It’s funny because this was the first time I had written a post which touched on topics to do with faith and religion. Anyway coincidental or otherwise…I have decided to re-package and publish the post again…In my original post, I spoke about Mona Haydar and her song, “Hijabi.” Another song of hers that I like is “Dog” ft Jackie Cruz, in which she raps about sleazy and inappropriate men and calls them out as dogs. At the end of the video, two statistics flash up on the screen, “1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime” and “In the time it took to watch this video, 27 women in the US have been assaulted or abused.”
This year the theme of Muslim Women’s Day was about women standing up to violence, which is a campaign that I fully support and hope will continue to raise awareness on an issue that unfortunately affects many women across different cultures, backgrounds and countries.
Please see below for the original (27.03.17) post:
“I thought Monday 27th March 2017, was just like any other day, but oh how wrong I was!!! This date actually marked Muslim Women’s Day…whaat I couldn’t believe my eyes!!! Had there been others that I had missed??? No, today marked the first ever one!!! A day that celebrates the achievements of muslim women and places them at the forefront…could not have come at a better time.
The brains behind this awesome campaign came from MuslimGirl, which is a new favourite website of mine. Even though “muslim” women are the target audience, the website is great because it discusses a variety of contemporary issues that are relatable to all women.
Thanks to MuslimGirl, I discovered the artist/poet, Mona Haydar whose song “Hijabi (Wrap my hijab)“ was released on the 27.03.17. When I gave it a listen, I loved everything about it from the lyrics, to the background music and the way Mona raps over a slick beat. The song is very much a pro-hijab anthem which champions the women who choose to wear the religious veil. It is also unashamedly feminist with lyrics like, “Make a feminist planet, women haters get banished, covered up or not don’t ever take us for granted.”
Despite what people might think about the hijab or what it represents, Mona makes it clear that she will still continue to wear her headscarf.
“What that hair look like, bet that hair look nice? How long your hair is, you need to get yo life…”
“So even if you hate it, I still wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab…”
The hijab is like the dress code for muslim women and it symbolises modesty, obedience and faith not oppression and lack of freedom…so please don’t get it twisted.
I have so much admiration and respect for those who choose to wear the hijab because by doing so, people automatically know what religion they practise. It’s like wearing a T-shirt that says, “Look at me, I am a muslim.”
In our current climate, muslims are unfortunately paying the price for the actions of a minority. Muslims are being branded as “terrorists” and face being assaulted by those who actually believe this to be true…For this reason, I have even more respect for the women who choose to “wrap their hijabs” before leaving their homes.”
Muslim Women’s Day 2018